Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to maintain health and relieve symptoms. A cancer diagnosis is not necessary to receive the treatment.
Since acupuncture has few side effects, it can safely be used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments. The practitioner works to treat imbalances in the body’s Qi, or vital energy, by inserting fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints. In many cancer cases, it’s recommended as a way to soothe and reduce side effects.
Effectiveness of Acupuncture:
According to the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture has been found to be effective in relieving:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Dry Mouth, Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
- Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue
- Post-Surgical Pain
The strongest evidence of the positive effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on the use of the treatment to relieve nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods have shown it reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery and morning sickness.
Human studies on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response, including increasing the number of white blood cells.
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Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
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